Knowledge and Attitudes of Nurses Regarding HIV/AIDS (Tehran –2010)


Mohammad Ali Cheraghi 1 , Esmaeil Mohammad Nejad 2 , * , Jamaloddin Begjani 3 , Narmela Rabirad 4 , Seyyedeh Roghayeh Ehsani 5 , Mohammad Akbari Kaji 5

1 PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, IR Iran

2 Candidate of PHD in nursing, Imam Khomeini Clinical and Hospital Complex, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, IR Iran

3 Candidate of PHD in Nursing, Iranshahr Branch, Islamic Azad University, Iranshahr, IR Iran

4 Secretary of Infection Control Committee, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, IR Iran

5 MSc of Nursing, Young Researchers Club, Khorasgan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Khorasgan, Iran

How to Cite: Cheraghi M A, Mohammad Nejad E, Begjani J, Rabirad N, Ehsani S R, et al. Knowledge and Attitudes of Nurses Regarding HIV/AIDS (Tehran –2010), Arch Clin Infect Dis. 2011 ; 6(3):e93416.


Archives of Clinical Infectious Diseases: 6 (3); e93416
Published Online: July 30, 2011
Article Type: Research Article
Received: May 12, 2019
Accepted: July 30, 2011


Background: HIV/AIDS is an infectious disease and the fourth cause of death in the world and.Iran and other Middle East countries are suffering from it.Medical staff, particularly nurses are at risk for bloodborne pathogens especially human immunodeficiency virus.We aimed to investigate educational needs of nurses about HIV/ AIDS.

Material and Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 196 nurses of Imam Khomeini Clinical and Hospital Complexin Tehran were selected by simple random sampling method and completed self-administered two-part questionnaire, one dealing with demographic data and other inquiring knowledge and attitude of nurses about HIV/AIDS.The data was analyzed by SPSS version 16.

Results: Knowledge (66. 73%) and attitude (62.19%) of nurses regarding HIV/AIDS were good condition.There was no significant relationship between age, clinical experience and employment status with knowledge and attitude scores (p>0.05). There were significant relationship between history of nursing care of HIV patients and understanding ways

of disease transmission (P=0.03).About knowledge acquisition methods 50.51% of subjects had gained through textbooks and retraining courses.87. 75% of nurses believed that HIV/AIDS patients should be supported, helped and treated.There was significant relationship between knowledge and attitude regarding HIV/AIDS (P=0.003).

Conclusions: continuing educational programs regarding AIDS for at risk groups such as nurses is recommended to maintain the ideal level of knowledge for increasing awareness.



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